Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia


The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA), Sections 55.1-1200 through 55.1-1262 of the Code of Virginia, establishes the rights and obligations of residential landlords and tenants in the Commonwealth, but only the courts can enforce those rights and obligations.

For this reason, the Consumer Protection Section of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia provides general information to individuals on matters related to landlord-tenant issues, but it does not accept written complaints

Read the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

The following information on this page is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have to go to court as a result of a landlord-tenant dispute, either as defendant or plaintiff, you should consider seeking qualified legal assistance.

You should consider reviewing the Act for applicability to your own situation. If you believe that it was violated in your case, you may have legal recourse, but this is something you should discuss with an attorney.

If you do not have an attorney, you may contact one through the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service.

Toll Free: 1-800.552.7977
Richmond Area: (804) 775.0808 

You may also contact Virginia Legal Aid at possibly no cost or low cost assistance:

Virginia Legal Aid
Toll Free: 1-866-534-5243 


For further assistance call our Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-552-9963 if calling from Virginia, or (804) 786-2042 if calling from the Richmond area or from outside Virginia. Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.